Text from Frimley Health and Care
One in four people will experience problems with their mental health during their lives. Mental health problems are amongst the most common forms of ill health. For some, stress at work, money worries or relationship troubles could become overwhelming and leave people in need of help. Others may suffer from ongoing and complex mental health conditions that require long-term care.
If you’re experiencing the kind of feelings that make it difficult for you to get on with living your life, it’s important to talk to someone about how you are feeling. There are a range of services available to support local people in maintaining good mental wellbeing and addressing any problems as they arise.
NHS talking therapies, also known as Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), are a confidential service ran by fully trained experts. People can refer themselves to NHS Talking Therapies, without seeing your GP first. Talking Therapies can help overcome common issues such as: trouble sleeping, low mood and worry - and help you to improve your quality of life.
As well as helping you learn ways to manage your mental health and wellbeing, the services can help you with the emotional impact of living with a long-term condition such as cancer, diabetes, or heart disease. Across Frimley IAPT providers are also all linked to employment advice services which can provide help with work related issues and help returning to work or staying in work alongside help with the emotional impact of your situation.
Talking therapies are available to all adults in England and you will receive confidential support tailored to you. For those whose first language is not English, talking therapies can be delivered in your chosen language through multi-lingual therapists or through confidential translators.
You can access Talking Therapies by visiting: https://talkingtherapies.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk, calling 0300 365 2000 (8am-8pm, Mon-Thurs and 8am-5pm, Fridays).
Remember, if you are unsure on who is best to talk to you can always visit 111.nhs.uk or call NHS111. You will be asked several questions which help guide you to the most appropriate service.
Make time for self care
Research shows there are five things we can all do to help look after ourselves and maintain good wellbeing
1. Connect with others – check in on a friend or family member
2. Eat well – eat a balanced diet, stay hydrated and get your 5 a day
3. Stay active – exercise for 30 minutes every day
4. Give to others – volunteer or do an act of kindness
5. Keep learning – do hobbies or activities that involve learning new skills or knowledge